The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.
The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.
The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
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What can I say about John le Carré that hasn't already been said? He is infinitely subtle, elegant in his prose and his characterization, his older work is rarely dated and he remains sharp and perceptive to this day. What makes this version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so superlative is the narration by Michael Jayston. Jayston was in the 1970s TV miniseries – he played Peter Guillam – and in my opinion you can hear it wonderfully, especially in his Smiley. This is one audiobook that I listen to over and over again, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
(P.S. Did you find the movie confusing? That's okay, it was! Listen to this instead!)
Brilliant writing and narration, which were both unexpectedly hilarious at times, especially in Connie's section, Bill's student days, and a few of Jim's interactions with his students.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Could not finish it.
I couldnt finish the movie either.
I just could not follow this book at all. It was all over the place. Perhaps not seeing paragraph changes etc like you would in a book muddied it up for me. I realized i was half way through and had ABSOLUTELY no clue what was going on. I literally could not tell you anything but a few characters names. Theres just a LOT being talked about and i could not follow. Certainly not for everyone. Not a bad book at all but not for everyone.
It was dull and boring. I could not get into it.
I have no idea. I did not get that far into the book. I hated it.
This just is not my type of book. If Ken Follett would have written it then I would have loved it! The idea of the book was great but the author was not. In my own opinon. I understand other people might like this type of book. I did not.
This book may be an interesting read, but it was very bad as an audiobook. The British slang, mixed with spy jargon, and a complex plot with dozen of characters and names made it very difficult to keep straight. After listening to over 100 audiobooks, with was one of 3 I never finished.
Extremely well constructed.
The subtle intrigue. Nothing was over the top. It seemed that the author matched his method of story telling to the lives of the characters he described. Quiet, deliberate and with a great many of the details of the story implied but never written.
George Smiley of course, but he did a brilliant job with all of them.
I wouldn't say extreme but it definitely made me look forward to the next opportunity to listen to the story.
The strength of Mr. Jayston's abilities will have me looking for other author's books that feature him as their narrator.
Jayston is a perfect fit for the Smiley series. First off, Michael Jayston sounds like Alec Guiness, so you are already listening to George Smiley. He also alters his voice and accent for the various characters throughout this book and the others in the series.
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